Final Evaluation of Parliament Support Project (PSP)

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Nepal
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
07/2022
Completion Date:
07/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
45,000

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Title Final Evaluation of Parliament Support Project (PSP)
Atlas Project Number: 00049635
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Nepal
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2022
Planned End Date: 07/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Governance
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.2.2 Constitution-making, electoral and parliamentary processes and institutions strengthened to promote inclusion, transparency and accountability
SDG Goal
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
SDG Target
  • 16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
  • 5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
Evaluation Budget(US $): 45,000
Source of Funding: Project Budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 37,420
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Frank Feulner International Consultant(Team Leader)
Pratap Chhatkuli National Consultant (Team member)
Sarmila Shrestha National Consultant (Team member)
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Federal parliament, Provincial Assemblies, Parliament and Assemblies Secretariat, UNDP, Norway, CSOs, Media
Countries: NEPAL
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

UNDP should continue to support the needs of parliaments in Nepal.

2

Future parliament support should be based on realistic and achievable outcomes and outputs.

3

Support to parliament should be provided on its core relevance to human rights, justice, and the SDGs, and aligned with UN expertise in those areas.

4

Future support to strengthen parliamentary accountability should include indicators related to parliamentary ethics as well as institutional integrity.

5

Expanding the use of ICT in parliament should be mainstreamed across all future areas of support.

6

Future engagement should provide support for more efficient and effective parliamentary support services.

7

Public Engagement should be expanded to include more outreach, education, and participation opportunities for communities.

8

Greater inter-provincial cooperation through parliament professional networks.

1. Recommendation:

UNDP should continue to support the needs of parliaments in Nepal.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/15]

Accepted. Parliamentarians and secretariat staff continue to stress the need of support in strengthening the service and institutionalizing memories of parliamentary system in federal structure. To find out what such need entails, the UNDP will commission for project formulation.   

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Formulation of next phase of the Parliament Support Project.
[Added: 2022/09/15]
UNDP 2022/12 Initiated Project formulation team is already on board.
2. Recommendation:

Future parliament support should be based on realistic and achievable outcomes and outputs.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/15]

Accepted. The project has considered that the support should be based on realistic and achievable. Given the ongoing transition, undefined political priorities and country's socio-economic situation, the setting of project outcomes and outputs in a narrower sense in a bid to make them realistic and achievable may be risky. May be some ambitious outputs in the projects of political domain sometimes provide space for extra effort. May be a good mix of ambitious and realistic indicators could serve the purpose. While designing new programme a midterm review will be planned to address the changing scenario.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Design the project document based on realistic and achievable outcomes and outputs.
[Added: 2022/09/15]
UNDP 2022/12 Initiated The project formulation process initiated. The formulation team is working on it.
3. Recommendation:

Support to parliament should be provided on its core relevance to human rights, justice, and the SDGs, and aligned with UN expertise in those areas.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/15]

Accepted. The project has given priority to mainstream the human rights, justice, climate action, and SDGs while supporting the parliaments. However, the PSP phase II project will focus more on these.   

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Project will continue to focus on mainstream human rights, justice, climate action, and SDGs in the programme.
[Added: 2022/09/15]
UNDP/PSP 2022/12 Initiated
3.2 Explicitly include these themes in the PSP Phase II document.
[Added: 2022/09/15]
UNDP 2022/12 Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Future support to strengthen parliamentary accountability should include indicators related to parliamentary ethics as well as institutional integrity.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/15]

Accepted.  UNDP shall include such indicators in the PSP phase II of the project document.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Design the theory of Change considering all these indicators and include in the project document.
[Added: 2022/09/15]
UNDP 2022/12 Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Expanding the use of ICT in parliament should be mainstreamed across all future areas of support.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/15]

Accepted. The project has oriented itself to promote the use of ICT in parliament. However, more focus will be provided on the use of ICT from 2023 onwards.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Design ICT-plan for parliaments.
[Added: 2022/09/15]
PSP 2023/06 Not Initiated
6. Recommendation:

Future engagement should provide support for more efficient and effective parliamentary support services.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/15]

Accepted. In the phase II, the project was more aware on the efficient and effective parliamentary support services and accordingly acted. However, the Provincial Assemblies could not get their Civil Service Act made, which also impeded their efficiency at work. A more systematic focus on this issue, if the project continues, will be ensured in the PSP Phase II.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Carry out the mapping for efficient and effective support services.
[Added: 2022/09/15]
PSP 2023/06 Initiated
7. Recommendation:

Public Engagement should be expanded to include more outreach, education, and participation opportunities for communities.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/15]

Accepted.  The project has already taken advance stepped in parliamentary outreach and has prepared outreach plan. However, in the PSP phase II, the gaps will be re-identified and ensured to address the gaps for inclusion of more outreach, education, and participation opportunities for communities, including the launch of some pilot initiatives.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Review the Parliamentary Outreach Plan and addressed the gap in revised outreach plan.
[Added: 2022/09/15]
PSP 2023/06 Not Initiated
8. Recommendation:

Greater inter-provincial cooperation through parliament professional networks.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/09/15]

Accepted: The project initiated inter-provincial sharing among provincial assemblies which has now become a practice. Such inter-provincial cooperation will be considered more in the PSP phase II. Besides, such networks will be promoted among parliament reporters, libraries, in addition to parliaments' formal bodies.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 Develop a mechanism for such inter-provincial cooperation.
[Added: 2022/09/15]
PSP 2023/07 Not Initiated
8.2 Orient provincial assembly MPs and staff on the mechanism.
[Added: 2022/09/15]
PSP 2023/09 Not Initiated

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